Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.

Thursday, October 24, 2002  

You Are Here Department: If you've never seen the "Powers of Ten" site, go check it out here. It's a little java applet that shows what you'd see moving from 10 million light years away from the earth down to the sub-atomic level. Take a look and then meditate on Psalm 8.
1 O LORD , our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
above the heavens.
2 From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.

3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD , our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 10:26 AM

Stupidity, Thy Name Is PETA Department: Orrin Judd notes a BBC story about a couple of PETA-philes who went to Beijing and stripped to their skivvies to protest the fur trade. Orrin sagely observes:

These trivial dimwits did this in a country whose governing party has killed--what?--about 30 million of its own people and even now has untold numbers in prison for their religious beliefs or for political activism. The heck with the stinkin' ferrets; how about the Chinese people?

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:35 AM

Wednesday, October 23, 2002  

A Little Grace Department: Jason Procopio offers a meditation on what life in the wilderness really means. I'm not talking about camping here. "The wilderness" refers to the bad times. Procopio quotes from John Ortburg's book Love Beyond Reason:

...in the wilderness (i.e. "the bad times"), it's only you and God. Everything else is stripped. There are no accomplishments, no victories, no blessings. It is just you and God.

I've been in the wilderness. Humanly speaking, it sucks. And, as Procopio notes, having someone mouth platitudes to you (the example cited is "Whatever doesn't kill you will make you stronger.") when you're in the middle of the wilderness sucks too.

There is an idea that's taking me my entire life to get: The only thing that matters is God. Thus, when he strips away something that I'm clinging to, it's because it's hindering my relationship to him. He wants me. He wants my undivided attention. Maybe we tend to soft-pedal this, but God is a jealous lover. He'll go to extraordinary lengths when something comes between him and his beloved.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 1:00 PM

Ideology Trumps Reason Department: It seems that "Abortion Uber Alles" is the rallying cry of pro-abortion ideologues. That's what I have to conclude when I learn that abortion clinic staffers will ignore signs of statutory rape in order that a "woman's right to choose" is unimpeded by anything. Jennifer Roback Morse provides some details:

Health-care personnel are ordinarily mandatory reporters of child abuse. But a recent survey has prompted the question of whether abortion clinics take this responsibility seriously. A woman called Planned Parenthood Clinics across the country and told them that she was 13, and pregnant by her 22-year-old boyfriend. The overwhelming majority of the clinics told her she could come in for an abortion with complete confidentiality; they would not report her boyfriend for statutory rape.

This mentality makes me sick.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:33 AM

Tuesday, October 22, 2002  

Meeting In MeatSpace Department: OK, so cyberspace is cool and all that, but like the kid in the story who was afraid of the dark, sometimes you need someone with skin on. So, are you busy November 11? Would you like to meet some Christian bloggers and interested parties? Follow the link:

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:24 AM

Monday, October 21, 2002  

Big Bunny Department: The mind boggles. I don't think this is a digitally manipulated image. The man has hair on his jacket.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:32 AM

Referrals Department: I've been getting quite a few hits from people looking for the lyrics to "Vincent" by Don MacLean. You can find that, and loads of other Don MacLean stuff at his website. (Never thought to look there, did you?) Glad to be of service.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:10 AM
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